Tony Shalhoub

by ethnic on August 22, 2008

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Birth Name: Anthony Marcus Shalhoub

Place of Birth: Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 9, 1953

Ethnicity: Lebanese

Tony Shalhoub is an American actor. He is famous for playing Adrian Monk on the television series, Monk.

His father, Joseph Shalhoub, was a Lebanese immigrant. His mother, Helen (Seroogy), was born in Wisconsin, to Lebanese parents. Tony is married to actress Brooke Adams, with whom he has two children.

Tony’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Rouks Seroogy (the son of Rucas Seroogy and Anastatia Shalhoub).

Tony’s maternal grandmother was named Elizabeth A. Neimy.

Source: Tony’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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neiltennant August 26, 2016 at 2:25 pm

he could easily pass for IRANIAN or JEWISH ..

neiltennant August 26, 2016 at 2:24 pm

he could easily pass for IRANIAN or JEWISH

lelo4 August 2, 2016 at 6:27 pm

And of course Southern Italians resemble the Lebanese more than other Europeans, they are genetically equidistant between Spaniards (who are already very Southern Euro looking) and Levantines/Lebanese.

andrew August 2, 2016 at 7:24 pm
lelo4 August 3, 2016 at 2:26 pm

Although the photos you posted are very saturated, at least 50% of them can pass in Southern Italy. And most southern Italians would pass unoticed in Lebanon too.

andrew August 3, 2016 at 3:56 pm

yes, 50% can pass in Southern Italy as kebab sellers or refugees.

andrew August 3, 2016 at 5:22 pm
lelo4 August 2, 2016 at 6:24 pm

Lebanese are not even remotely conected to Gulf Arabs. Most of them don’t even consider themselves Arabs, just Lebanese as Lebanon is NOT an Arab repulic and until the 17/18th centuries they used to speak Aramaic, and it still is the liturgical language of the Maronites.

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 5:53 am

Lebanese, Syrians and Assyrians generally don’t look typically Middle Eastern. They could all pass as Italians or Greeks, and vice versa.

Btw, his hair is curly even for Middle Eastern standards. It looks nappy rather. Not really a Middle Eastern feature in general.

andrew October 9, 2015 at 6:04 am

that is not true. They look a lot more like Turks or Armenians.

phaedra April 15, 2016 at 12:04 am

Turks are a mixed bunch, you stupid simpleton. Some look Eastern Europeans (Slavic), some look very Mediterranean (in fact, many do) and others look Asian. Only a few have an Arabic/Semitic look.

You can’t pigeon hole that diverse ethnicity. But then again, you have proved yourself to be very asinine. So I’m not surprised.

Armenians are also rather mixed. They look like Italians, and like Russians, but then they’d also be swarthy like Arabs. No different to your pizza-making short peoples (Italians) – Who can be diverse.

Assyrians are not that diverse (as Armenians and Turks). And they’d generally all look like Lebanese people – Olive skinned, dark eyes. I am married to an Assyrian family, so maybe I’ll know better than an ignoramus people such as yourself.

andrew May 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm

I think no more than 10% than Lebanese/Syrians could “pass” in Southern Europe, or better in the Balkans. Just pick a random crowd picture from the Levant, there are many people who really look mixed, from almost South Asian types to clearly SSA influenced people (in Palestina expecially). The whitewashed depiction of Levantines is popular in anthropology forums but it’s debunked by reality.

Shlomo August 21, 2015 at 4:45 pm

The Arab presence in the Levant predates Islam by hundreds of years. The Nabateans among others all thrived in the Levant – most notably in historic Jordan and Palestine.

The Arab conquests did not result in any widespread displacement of the pre-Islamic populations. The vast majority of Arabs today are the descendants of the native inhabitants of their lands who were Arabized hundreds of years after the Arab conquests.

follers August 21, 2015 at 5:08 pm

You’re right that Arab Christians may have a different background.

However, the Islamic invasions did ethnically change the region, at least somewhat. A genetic study found that “a pre-Islamic expansion Levant was more genetically similar to Europeans than to Middle Easterners”.

cwm85 July 18, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Thought he was Italian honestly…

andrew May 15, 2016 at 1:04 pm

he played an Italian role in “Big Night”. That is the reason.

Check7t September 21, 2014 at 2:17 am

He’s one of those Arabs who look white, he could pass as an ethnic Brit.

andrew September 21, 2014 at 4:45 am

Lebanese use to look White..

sarahle September 22, 2014 at 4:30 am

no he just avoids sun bathing…

lol, during winter times I also used to look whiter than white, while spending holidays in miami I used to look almost black…

andrew September 22, 2014 at 5:08 am

I meant white/caucasian.

andrew September 22, 2014 at 5:11 am

Tony’s mother Census said “”white”, not much to debat

sarahle September 22, 2014 at 9:34 am

sorry, reply was meant for Check7t…

Check7t September 23, 2014 at 12:34 am

That’s a bit of a postulation to make tbh.

Obviously they have Arabic admixture nowadays, but preceding Arab times who know…

Dogg January 2, 2015 at 7:41 am

I don’t know if he could pass for an ethnic Brit. He looks Middle-Eastern.

Check7t January 4, 2015 at 4:45 am

He doesn’t strike me as really typical Middle Eastern looking, then again most Syrians and Lebanese don’t. Compare Tony to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, or someone like this Moroccan Prime Minister:

They strike me as MENA unequivocally, Tony does not and he could def pass for Italian.

lelo4 August 2, 2016 at 6:18 pm

Because Lebanese people descend from the Phoenicians, not Arabs.

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